Straighten my curls, poofy hair is a tough two day affair. I would do almost anything to make the process faster and easier, but I never enough imagined myself loading strands of my hair into the nozzle of a vacuum-like device in my bathroom. There was no way it would work. But he did.
The RevAir, or reverse air dryer, is amazing. It dries and smooths hair in one step. Mileage can vary – depending on your hair texture and the style you prefer, you could have perfectly straight hair without tracking. But at the very least, it will dramatically reduce the overall time spent on your styling.
If you’ve ever had a blowout or had one yourself, you know it’s quite a process, especially the thicker and wilder your hair gets. You hold a brush in one hand and the hairdryer in the other, carefully smoothing each section one by one. With my hair, the only person who achieved this without a flat iron was a Manhattan barber who can only be described as a very expensive magician. On my own, I look like Monica Gellar on vacation.
I have wanted to try the RevAir since I saw it on YouTube a few years ago. It’s the perfect internet product, considering its size and design, it literally looks like you are funneling your hair through the hose of a shop vacuum. What if it doesn’t work? What if he pulls and tangles my hair inside, or worse yet, gets it stuck or tears my hair out? But this is not the case.
I started with clean, damp hair and applied a generous amount of company hair primer – you’re not supposed to use any sticky products like oils, gel, or mousse, but the company says you don’t need product to make it work. Then I sectioned my hair and started feeding each one in the wand. Once it has been nourished to the roots, you slowly pull the wand back until your now straight hair is free to rest against your neck.
You’re probably going to mess up the first few sections when figuring out exactly how much hair you can do at a time and what heat and speed settings are right for you. With my thick, extremely curly hair, I can run the RevAir up to 6 or 7, and in about 30 seconds the hair comes out dry and straight. The company says you will need 30 to 90 seconds, and I found that to be correct. The bottom layer of my hair, which is coarser and more curly than the rest, needed smaller sections and a little more time; the top layer of my hair was fast.
This removed all of the curls from my hair, but I still needed to straighten some of the puff with a flat iron. With my hair type this is not uncommon, but I saw videos of the most coiled curls stretched out in a perfectly stretched style that looked gorgeous.